I am here right now partly because I love Valentine’s day, partly because I know if I don’t post these pics before March creeps up–I never will, but mostly because I just read my friend Melissa’s extremely true and very funny post and it got me out of bed and to my computer with an echoed “Amen”!

Now that I am much more of an Instagrammer than a Blogger (that feels like a dagger to my heart), and there are new people in my virtual life that have no idea why I have this bizarre passion, I feel the need for a little explanation.  So, if you made it over here from Instagram-Welcome!  There is a bit of the back-story and one of my most favorite V-day ghost memories here, and if you care about what we were up to in 2009, 2010, and 2011 you can have a good laugh at how much we’ve changed, like I just did.  In 2012, Jay Paul was a few weeks old so a card to our friends was about as creative as I could be.

After two years of slacking, it was time to make a Valentine’s Day Ghost comeback!  I decided I wanted to create a breakfast “picnic in bed” for a few of our friends and family (who were in town on the big day).



No, I did not make the yogurt, but I did slice the fruit 😉


And I made some granola.


Ordered some coffee from our favorite Seattle dealer!


And while I tried to tell myself to step away from the plastic-ware, I just could not resist rolling them up.


Packed away with some coffee cups.


And away we went with our little red baskets–who made me so happy I wanted to pinch them!

I was also in charge of Mary Aplin’s class Valentine’s day party.  Here I was finishing up the cupcakes with two of my goblins.



And don’t you worry for a second that I forgot my true Valentine this year!  He lost his wedding ring (Again!). It happens a lot in the OR–at least if you are my husband.  You aren’t allowed to wear a ring when you’re scrubbed in, so he ties it in the tie on his britches.  Then, if he changes clothes before coming home…down the laundry shoot goes the ring.  His mother warned me about this dilemma before we got married.  Prepared as I was, I haven’t bought a ring from a jewelry store since that first ring (almost) 10 years ago.  We have bought rings at Walmart, from street vendors, and even fashioned them from random scraps lying around the farm.

I decided it was time for a real ring again…

And since it was a real ring, it came with a real proposal.


I paraded through his busy clinic with these balloons, then got down on one knee and asked him to marry me–again.

He said yes 🙂

And then we went away for the weekend to a friend’s farmhouse with four other couples who are dear to us.  I will hold back from dumping all those shots on you, but this is my favorite from the weekend.  Jeremiah and I came in from a morning run to find all these busy little bees happily preparing breakfast together.  I love community.

DSC_0774Almost as much as I love Valentine’s day.

10 Responses to “Valentine’s Day 2013”

  1. Amie Ezelle says:

    Abby, you always make me smile! I love reading up on your family!

  2. Melissa says:

    I love you, your goblins, and your blog. Your creativity always inspires me…and I am SO SO thankful that you have some good community. Makes my heart happy. xoxo

  3. Wowie says:

    How cute is this? Love the picnic in bed idea. Your friends are lucky to have you.

  4. Meredith says:

    Those baskets for your friends are so great!! I was so excited to see that you had blogged again. 🙂 I love reading your blog and have missed it. Thanks for the update!

  5. Caroline Blair says:

    Let me just say that I LOVE YOU and the fact that you love Valentine’s day as much as you do 🙂 Second I am SUPERIORLY (is that even a word?!? ha) jealous that I did not receive an amazing breakfast in bed basket from you because all the goodies looked truly delicious! You are so creative and it inspires me to get of my lazy rump and start getting creative for those I love in my life. Thanks for always sharing your heart with us on here and for the pictures. It makes me feel closer! Hugs from Birmingham

  6. Mama B says:

    I was wondering if by chance you had an extra valentine basket left????:):):):):)????. Just kidding???? So glad you were able to have your V-Day Ghost fun again in order to get ready for those cards again next year:) Actually, 4 kids are easier than 3 so I bet the fun will continue!!!:) I am thankful to have been able to empty the bham house, travel with your dad, and give much needed love and support to Justin, Lindsay, and Bentley these last 3 months, but I sure have missed you all and I look forward to pretending it’s Valentine’s Day again, with my 3 little precious grandchildren in Dothan, next week:) xoxo

  7. Mama B says:

    Abby….. For some reason either, whatever I do for smiley faces turns out as ????? Once I submit. A smiley face with a wink, was after ” just kidding”. A smiley face with heart kiss was after first sentence…..:)

  8. Emily says:

    I am so inspired! This post has encouraged me to “seize the day” a little more…or at least “seize the Valentine’s day” more! Precious baskets, precious idea!

  9. Oh Abs! How I miss reading your blog! Just looked at it and I just love it! I miss you guys so much! AND, I just found out Taylor is pregnant! OMG where HAVE I been? Please e-mail me the details. Mainly when she is due! xo sweet girl. Would also love to see pics of the farm!!!! miss you!

  10. Joann staubitz says:

    beautiful work

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